2021 Executive Committee Slate of Officers

Marie Tupaj – Chair

Marie Tupaj is an Assistant Professor in the Computing and Engineering Technology Department at Middlesex Community College where she develops and teaches classes for first and second year engineering students. Marie’s research interests lie in the development of novel biomaterials for applications in regenerative medicine and neural prosthetics. She has coauthored several peer reviewed publications and has also served as a peer reviewer for journals in this field. Marie has given invited talks at local colleges and at IEEE events on the topics of materials and electronics for neuroprosthetics. In addition, Marie has mentored many young women pursuing STEM careers. Her projects have been supported by the NIH, NSF, and the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Marie holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Tufts University. Her postdoctoral work included developing novel nanoscale biosensors at Northeastern University. She is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Marie first became an IEEE member as an undergraduate electrical engineering major and then continued her membership during graduate school. She began serving for the IEEE Boston Section in the Women in Engineering Boston Affinity Group by organizing and promoting monthly technical and professional development meetings, writing award nominations, and serving as a judge at local science fairs. Between 2011 and 2017, she held roles in WIE Boston as treasurer and chair. As chair, she represented WIE Boston at local conferences and student events. From 2016 – 2017, Marie served on the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum USA East Conference Committee as the volunteer coordinator and social media chair. In 2016, she served as a member-at-large on the IEEE Boston Section Executive Committee. Marie is currently the vice-chair of the IEEE Boston Section and a professional member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (HKN).

Denise Griffin – Vice Chair

Denise Griffin is the current Boston Section Treasurer.  She is a Past WIE Region 1 Coordinator and WIE Chair for the Boston section. While she was WIE Boston Chair, the group won runner up as “Affinity Group of the Year” 2 years in a row, which allowed Denise to be on the WIE National Commitee.  Denise has been on the Steering Committee for the IEEE WIE Forum USA East for the last 6 years as the Career Fair Coordinator and was the Conference Co-Chair when the event was held in Boston.   She is on the WIE Magazine Editorial Board, was on the Steering Committee for IEEE NATW conference, and served for many years as the liaison between IEEE Boston and Engineers Week New England, helping to run the Career Fair at the yearly event.  Denise is a Senior Member of IEEE and has been a Professional member of the Boston section since 1991 and served as President of the Tufts University section as an undergraduate.  She received the IEEE USA Connecting IEEE with Industry award.

Denise is an Analyst for Supporting Strategies, LLC and has a BSEE from Tufts University. She is also a Region Chair for the Tufts University Admissions Network (TAN) and has been conducting volunteer admissions interviews for 14 years.

Rui Ma – Secretary/Treasurer

Rui Ma received the B.Eng. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 2004, M.S. and Dr.-Ing. degrees from University of Kassel, Germany, in 2006 and 2009 (all in Electrical Engineering), respectively.

From 2007-2010, he was with the Microwave Electronics Labs at University of Kassel as research fellow working on the transistor modeling and RF power amplifier design. From 2010-2012, he was a Senior Research Engineer with Nokia Siemens Networks, where he focused on the R&D of enabling power amplifier technologies for wideband radio at NSN Research Center in Beijing, China.

Since March 2012, he is with Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, USA. Currently, he is a Senior Principal Scientist of RF Research, responsible for technologies focused on power amplifiers, digital transmitter, 5G radio, as well as emerging applications of GaN. In 2013, he received the specification award by MIPI Alliance for the development of Analog Reference Interface (ACI) for Envelope Tracking eTrak specification. In 2019, he was awarded Mitsubishi Electric President Award for the contributions to GaN development and its RF applications.

Dr. Ma is a senior member of IEEE and inventor or co-inventor for more than 25 U.S. patents and patent applications on RF related topics. He serves MTT-S AdCom Committee since 2016. He has been active member with IEEE Boston section since 2012. He served as MTT Boston Chapter Chair from April 2018.

Dr. Ma has also been as Visiting Scientist with THz Integrated Electronics Group at Massachusetts Instintue of Technology (MIT) since March 2016 till now. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology.

At-Large (4)

Lennart Long – At Large

Lennart E. Long is a Transportation Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Engineer with over 30 years of experience with railroad, subway, trolley and bus EMC studies.  He has a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and Johns Hopkins University.  He has taught security technology at UMASS Lowell (teaching security risk management, overview of homeland security, and cyber security), Boston University, Suffolk University, the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Center in Georgia, John Jay College in New York City and for the City of New York. 

He has lectured on and participated in security projects for the Internal Revenue Service, Houses of Worship, and Gdansk University of Technology in Poland. He and his consulting team has worked successfully for the British Home Office, Federal Protective Services, Social Security Administration, Instrumentation Society of America, President Clinton’s Security Policy Board evaluating risk assessment methodologies, Inter-agency Committee for Security Equipment, the U.S. Senate staff, White House Communications Agency, the Secretary of State’s security detail, the President’s situation room, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Department of the Treasury, White House, State Department (in Brussels, Helsinki, Paris, Frankfurt, and other posts and embassies around the world), Army Intelligence, Federal Aviation Administration, US Coast Guard, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Federal Railroad Administration, St. Lawrence Seaway Administration, Pipeline Administration, Marine Administration, Office of Intelligence and Security, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U. S. Marshals Service, Customs Service, Federal Transportation Administration (security risk management and security policy), and the Research and Special Programs Administration. 

His recent clients include the Niagara Frontier Transportation Agency, Buffalo Transit Agency, PATH, SEPTA, MBTA, Port Of New York and New Jersey, NYCTA, LIRR, MNR, NYCTA Hybrid Bus – (Oerlicon), DesignLine Bus of North Carolina, Baltimore MTA, Boston MBTA, BART, Houston, Portland, ALSTOM, BREDA, Siemens, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Westinghouse, Helsinki, Toronto, MARTA, Brown Boveri, Seattle Light Rail, LACMTA Heavy/Light Rail, New Jersey Transit, Dallas, WMATA, Kinki Sharyo, UTS, General Electric, Earth-Tech, Parsons, STV, Booz-Allen, SYSTRA, Turner Consulting, LTK, PATCO, SEPTA, U. S. Army, U.S. Navy, Hanscom Air Force Base, Cambridge Research Labs, ROME Air Force Base, General Service Administration, Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Morgantown Personal Transit System, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration, Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transportation Administration, Bay Area Transportation Administration, the Security Technology Division of the NDIA, and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

He is the recipient of the, Research and Special Programs Bronze Medal and well as a U. S. Department of Transportation Bronze Medal as well as a special citation from the British Home Office and an award from the Secretary of State.  On May 17, 2014 he will be presented with the Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award, the highest and most prestigious award issued by IEEE-USA.  He has several patents and publications.  He has given a keynote address at a NATO sponsored Conference at Gdansk University of Technology and has worked with The National CyberSecurity Coordinator and Advisor to the President, Howard Schmidt.  He serves on the Boston Section Executive Committee as Treasurer and on the Outreach, Planning and Action Plan Committee and chairs the Professional Development and Education Committee and is designing and developing a system for hosting and presenting online courses for the Boston Section.

Karen Panetta – At Large

Karen Panetta received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. As the first female electrical engineer to be given tenure in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, Panetta continues to promote the interests of women in her field. From 2007 to 2009, she was the worldwide director for IEEE Women in Engineering, the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and she served as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Women in Engineering magazine. She is the faculty adviser to the Tufts student chapters of both the Society of Women Engineers and the IEEE, and is founder of the nationally acclaimed Nerd Girls program, which promotes engineering disciplines to young students. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was awarded the 2013 IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices for exemplary contributions and leadership in developing ethics and social responsibility in students. She has received several NASA and National Science Foundation research grants, including the NSF CAREER Award. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Panetta the Presidential Award for Science and Engineering Education and Mentoring.

Soon Wan – At Large

IEEE StM’96, M’00, SM’10 – gimsoon@ieee.org

Soon Wan is a Principle Design Engineer at Vicor’s Design Development organization. He designs and develops state of the art DC/DC power converter using innovative and proprietary technologies.

Soon has held many leadership positions in IEEE – Boston Section and Chapters, Region 1, MGA Young Professional, TAB, IEEE-USA, IEEE N&A, and MGA N&A. Currently, he serves Boston Section as the Student Activities Chair, and Region 1 Student Activities Chair. He is also the Region 1 Humanity Activities Coordinator.

Soon is one of the key members inaugurated the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in 2011, and actively involved with the conference by serving various key positions – such as publicity chair, vice chair, technical program chair (recorded highest paper submission), and treasurer (recorded highest surplus).

Soon collaborated with MIT IEEE Student Branch to inaugurate the IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference in 2015. The MIT Student Branch has made this conference as one of their key annual events. Moreover, the conference has been growing to record high number participants in 2020.  Soon has introduced this successful model to other Sections and encouraged them to approach their local student branches to work on an event together. 

Soon has been interfacing with a number of organization units and committees within MGA, IEEE-USA, and Region 1. He has excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Soon’s history and experience of volunteering in IEEE, with the strong background in Boston Section, MGA, Region 1, and IEEE Membership Development, shows that he has the skills, energy, and dedication to devote to this position.

In addition, Soon has the working knowledge of the Boston Section, as he has served as the Section Chair in 2012, and its mission, structure, goals, needs and direction. Lastly, Soon has the ability to work in a team environment, great leadership skill, and the ability to respond to communication in a timely fashion.

Paul Zorfass – At Large

Paul is currently on the IEEE Boston Section Executive Committee. He has previously initiated Chapter Leadership training and Job Forums and been active to recruit speakers for section conferences and professional development and education sessions. Prior, he had been Chapter Chair for the Communications Society, Boston and CNET chapters, for six years; and the Region 1 representative to the North American Board for the Communications Society.

He also volunteers in several other Greater Boston activities. This includes as a member of the Board of Assessors in his local town to value real estate; and as Treasurer of the board for his own homeowners’ community. 

His professional interests and technical background include software and hardware product and system development, especially as it adds value to market evolution. His work activities have included consulting with multinational companies such as IBM, Intel, Apple and Microsoft as well as numerous start-ups. This has evolved from an engineering and market development focus for real time and embedded systems for DoD to a more wide-ranging industry and commercial use.  He has also been an active participant in start-up company founder teams.

With non-industrial clients Paul has focused on technology planning and market assessments for US agencies such as DARPA, NSA, and the World Bank; and non-U.S. governmental agencies from: UK, European Commission, Japan and South Korea.  Client agendas focused on economic and business development issues. Goals were to encourage and sustain economic development for advanced electronics technologies and markets in transition.

Additional nominations may be made by a petition signed by at least 25 voting members (member grade or higher) of the IEEE Boston Section and submitted to the IEEE Boston Section office (ieeebostonsection@gmail.com) no later than 30 days after the posting of this slate. Posting dated October 26, 2020